Macron calls for a reduction in plastic pollution at the UN session

Paris (EFE) – French President Emmanuel Macron called for a reduction in plastic pollution this Monday at the opening of a negotiating session within the framework of the United Nations aimed at achieving progress towards an agreement due to close in 2024.

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In a video message to delegations from 175 countries, Macron warned that “if we do nothing, the production of plastic waste will triple between now and 2060.”

For this reason, he insisted that “we must definitely put an end to the globalized and unsustainable model” in which developed countries and China produce plastic and send it as waste to developing countries that have fewer opportunities to recycle it.

The meeting is held at the Paris headquarters United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)it is the second of five planned after the one that took place in Montevideo last November, and “concrete agreements are not expected, but progress is expected in some aspects,” according to Unesco sources.

The goal is to reach an agreement at the last of these meetings, scheduled in South Korea at the end of next year, which will be ratified later.

Plastic pollution is a scourge of planetary proportions that we are only now beginning to understand. At this rate, the plastics sector will emit 56 billion tons of CO2 by 2050,” warned Macron.

This is 10 percent of the amount of emissions that should be reduced in order to keep climate warming at a maximum of 1.5 degrees above the pre-industrial level, he reminded.

The French president also pointed out the catastrophic consequences of plastic pollution on biological diversity and reminded that since the middle of the last century, 7 billion tons of plastic have been dispersed in nature.

He also highlighted the impact of plastic on human health, which we are only now beginning to understand.

That is why he said that the first global goal should be to “reduce the production of new plastics and ban as soon as possible the plastics that pollute the environment the most, such as single-use plastics and those that are most harmful to health.”

Scientists have discovered micro-plastics in practically all living organisms, in soil and water, an “extreme” situation, according to UNESCO, which requires drastic and ambitious measures.

The largest consumer is the United States, with nearly 300 kilograms per capita per year, compared to 150 in Europe and a global average of 60.

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